I'm looking to get started in RallyX and stage rally. My plan is to get a cheep($2k) small car that I can mess around with and RallyX. I would like to be able to upgrade it as money allows, working up through the rallyX classes and then ito stage rally. So what I am looking for is some suggestion of fun small cars that I could look into getting. I know everyone says to buy a prepared car to start but I have not found any that are nearby and cheep. The car also needs to work well-ish on the road because it will be driven to all events that I go to. Here are some cars that I have thought of/read about
Mk2 VW Golf
Suzuki Swift (https://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/5351842768.html)
Mini Cooper S
From what I have read the Golf is a good rally car but I have had some trouble finding the Mk2 versions. I'll keep looking. Does anyone know why people like it? I have read a little about the Suzuki, and what I have read is that in the US its not ideal because it is small for the class that it gets placed in? As for the Mini I think it would be cool to have a rally spec Mini, like what was done to the Classic Mini's in the 60's. I did a little reading the and the general thought was that the frame on the BMW Mini was weak and bends easily. I am still looking at other options. Does anyone have experience with other small European cars like Peugeot's and Citroen's?
Looking for a small, cheep car which I rallyX/hoon in, and that I can also potentially prep for stage rally in the future.